Octans as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.
|Octans Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 291 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 50
|On Meridian: 9pm September 20th
||Best View (North):
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Chamaeleon, Mensa, Hydrus, Tucana, Indus, Pavo, Apus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Octans
In 1730 John Hadley invented the reflecting octant, and instrument used for navigation. This invention was honored by Nicolas-Louis de La Caille with the publication of his 1756 planisphere of the southern stars. The constellation was named l’Octans de Reflexion on that chart, but he changed it to Octans, its current name, for the planisphere’s second edition.
Octans Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Octans
These are no stars in Octans with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.